Analysis

USS Fitzgerald: investigate first, blame Later

USS Fitzgerald: investigate first, blame Later

By Capt. Matt Phillips* In the wake of the Fitzgerald-Crystal collision, many have taken to the internet to examine, theorize or vent about what may have happened that night. Many of these posts are well intentioned, but some self-righteous assertions are without fact and rely on experiences that are decades old. These reflections show a lack of respect for not only the investigation process, but also the sailors who died in service to their country and the family, friends and shipmates who are mourning them. I am not privy to what happened that night, or to what direction the investigation has taken. In my Navy career of more than 20 years, I have been privileged to serve more than 11 years at sea on five different ships, including command of an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the same ship type as USS FITZGERALD. While those 18 months represented the culmination…

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Should some of our Barracudas go nuclear?

By Geoffrey Barker* Australia’s decision to spend $50 billion on 12 French diesel-electric Shortfin Barracuda submarines reflects a long-established government preference for non-nuclear submarine forces. But will this preference remain strategically credible in future years if our strategic circumstances continue to deteriorate and if potential competitors continue to expand and to modernise their submarine fleets?

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India’s evolving maritime security strategy

India’s evolving maritime security strategy

India is adopting a strategy of having a carrier task force as a mobile base, together with sea-based nuclear deterrence. An extension of such an arrangement would involve the Navy’s vision of developing itself as an expeditionary force, which would eventually help India to attain its desired status as a major power in the Indo-Pacific region.

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China’s carrier: dreadnought or doctrinal dilemma

China’s carrier: dreadnought or doctrinal dilemma

LESS than five years after the China commissioned its first Soviet-origin aircraft carrier Liaoning in September 2012, it launched its first-ever domestic carrier – the Type 001A – on 26 April 2017. The occasion was celebrated in China as a major achievement symbolic of China’s ‘great power’ status.

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French sonar: world-class technology

French sonar: world-class technology

Nicole Forrest Green speaks with Alexis Morel, CEO of Thales Underwater Systems France, and a Vice President of the Thales Group, about the organisation’s strengths and superiority in the field of underwater acoustics.

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Australians in aviation ‘at the beginning’

Australians in aviation ‘at the beginning’

Centenary of Naval Aviation. Address by CDRE Chris Smallhorn. Commander Fleet Air Arm. Australia’s engagement with Naval Aviation commenced just one year after the Royal Navy. In my view it is by no quirk of fate, we Australians were in aviation at the beginning – and much of it started right here on the South Coast of NSW.

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North Korea’s sea-based nuclear threat

North Korea’s sea-based nuclear threat

Despite its emphasis on land-based systems such as the new Hwasong-12, North Korea’s evolving sea-based nuclear delivery potential is beginning to pose a considerable threat, lending additional credibility to the Kim regime’s nuclear deterrent.

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